I have worked with all types of farm animals during the last 60 years and the most attractive are goats, they are intelligent, clean, efficient milk producers, small, friendly, affectionate and safe around small children. Milking twice a day got too much for me in my seventies so the three milkers were re-homed. Now the next generation are keen to keep them.
My daughter has just bought a two year old Toggenburg x British Toggenburg goatling for mating this Autumn and milking next Spring. Goats do need companions but until we find another kid in late Spring this one will have to make do with the horse, Arran.
The work can be minimised by once a day milking .Kids are separated from their mother at night but can still see and nuzzle her through the bars of the pen. Mother is then milked in the morning and the kids can suckle her all day out on the hill. Milking is easier and so is the kid rearing.
There should be just enough milk for the family's day to day needs and occasional cheese making and of course the grand children grow up with a sense of responsibility for their animals. Most importantly we now have three experienced volunteer adult relief milkers for occasional weekends and holidays.